Will vaping set off smoke alarms?
So you’ve gotten yourself a new mod, you’ve set it up, put your favorite vape juice in it, and you’re ready for a vaping session. Then you notice the smoke detector above you, and a question crosses your mind:
Will vaping set off smoke detectors?
However, depending on the type of smoke detector you have in your home and how close you vape to it, it’s possible you never set it off. Trust us on this, we’ve done science experiments on it. Well, not in a lab, but you get what we mean.
Vapor Versus Smoke
Vape School can answer that for you. Simply put, the difference between smoking and vaping is that smoke is created by combustion and vapor created by the controlled heating of an e-liquid.
Vapor is actually thicker than smoke, and because fire alarms were created to detect smoke, that means they also detect vapor. Sorry, there is no way around it.
Types of Smoke Detectors
There are two different types of alarms: ionic and photoelectric. They work differently, but because they can both detect vapor, we're going to discuss them.
Ionic smoke detectors use, you guessed it, ions in the air to detect smoke. Basically, there’s a chamber in the device that holds a current of radioactive material. When smoke enters the chamber, it disrupts the current, which sets off the alarm.
If you’re wondering, ionic smoke detectors are best at detecting actual fires and are less useful in detecting vapor.
Photoelectric smoke detectors work by using a light source in a chamber. The light is aimed away from a light sensor. When smoke enters the chamber, it redirects the light to the sensor. That sets off the fire alarm.
For curious folk, photoelectric smoke detectors do a good job of detecting smoke, so if you chain vape in your house and you have this type of alarm, expect it to go off a lot.
Our test proved what many vapers commonly believe: the closer you are to a smoke alarm when you’re vaping, the higher chance you have of setting that sucker off. The opposite is true too.
So there you have it, an understanding of how smoke detectors work and how vaping can affect it. No need to thank us; we’re always looking out for you. If you have any questions or comments, leave them below so we can respond.